Last edited 5 October 2017
The Australian Building Industry Contracts (ABIC) are jointly published by Master Builders Australia Limited (Master Builders) and the Australian Institute of Architects (Institute). They are intended for use in building projects where an architect administers the contract.
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ABIC contracts are designed to make contract administration clear and less prone to dispute or time-consuming negotiation. Promptly resolving claims and other issues that arise under building contracts at the time that they arise is an effective way of avoiding disputes on construction projects. ABIC contracts bring certainty to the process, requiring timely presentation and resolution of claims. They have been extensively refined and field-tested and feature:
Selecting the right building contract can be critical to the success of a project.
The contract should be selected to suit each individual project, taking account of its complexity, value and any specific project issues or requirements. A contract selected simply because the architect is familiar with its provisions or is comfortable using it, won’t overcome the inherent difficulties that can arise if the contract is inappropriate for the project.
The SW contract is intended for simpler projects than MW. Although the differences are numerous, notable differences are that SW does not provide for the following:
The MW contract is the most comprehensive contract in the ABIC suite of building contracts. Compared to the SW contract intended for simpler projects, it provides for the following additional issues:
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